Chicago Cubs News: Down, but not out; Rizzo extension a must?

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Addison Russell
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Addison Russell /

The Chicago Cubs find themselves down 2-0 in the NLCS. Even with the lack of offense through the first round, the Cubs have survived. Some have lost hope, while others know that they could get hot and come back.

The Chicago Cubs survived the NLDS with just one just one good offensive game. The rest of the series was a wash, lead by the Cubs pitching. Getting past the Washington Nationals with a sub .200 average was one thing. But these are the Dodgers. The best team in baseball. The Cubs head back to Wrigley Field with a 2-0 deficit, but not everyone is panicking. The Cubs are more than capable of battling back in this series as recent history shows.

Giancarlo Stanton is something special. And with the current state of the Miami Marlins looking to cut the payroll, it’s quite possible he could be on the move. The Cubs have been mentioned, but would it be a good idea? If the Cubs want to remain a contender for the coming years, they’re going to need to pass on Stanton and continue to build around guys like Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

Speaking of Rizzo, he signed a team-friendly deal in 2013. Now as one of the best first baseman in the game, should the Cubs reward him with a new deal? Or should they wait until this one runs out and look to re-sign him then? It’s a complicated predicament as the Cubs signed him cheap, banking on him becoming a star. But now the question becomes does he deserve a better deal? We take a look at both sides as we dig into the issue.

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